Tuesday, July 5, 2011

gratitude


I misplaced a set of stamps. I remember putting it somewhere, thinking I was going to see it when I opened up wherever it was that I put them, but I really can't find them. I've looked everywhere. Even my daughter helped me. Still, no stamps.



I did find this set of Creative Layers stamps by Claudine Hellmuth that I bought a while ago from Inspiration Emporium. There are two sets--a foam set and an outline one. You can just use the outline set and color in the images, or use them together with the foam set. Stamping the outline over the foam image isn't perfect. It's a little offset stamping for a retro look. 

Claudine suggests using acrylic paints on the foam stamps, but I used distress inks and created this card.


Once I started, I couldn't stop. I stamped, overstamped, distressed, and Stickled the card and it was FUN! When was the last time you made a card just for fun?

And no, I didn't find the stamps yet, but it was a productive afternoon nonetheless.

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great week....

Stamps: Claudine Hellmuth Creative Layers, Hero Arts dots, Impress sentiment, Unity flower background
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Purple Onion Designs stitch stamp
Ink: Ranger distress inks (Black Soot, Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain)
Other: Stickles, white pigment pen, rayon seam binding dyed by me

27 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that you found a set of stamps even if they weren't the ones you where looking for. I'm also glad that you enjoyed stamping just for the pleasure of it Donna xoxoxoxoxo

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  2. Amen to having fun! I wish there were more 2-step stamps, they are so versatile! Love how this turned out, Donna!

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  3. I love it when I find something along the way to finding what I was looking for! I do a lot of misplacing and a lot of looking! Last night I misplaced the tiny bee from my new Garden Friends set; haven't found it yet and I'm worried; he is so tiny!! Love this card, Donna! I had fun like that doing my printables that I posted in Flickr on HA. Just played and loved the result!

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  4. I can see you had fun with this card Donna, so many elements and so pretty.

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  5. The distress ink works beautifully for these stamps, this is awesome Donna! Love the two tone background with the polka dots and little flowers, so pretty and the stitching detail is amazing! :)

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  6. The card is gorgeous Donna! Love how the stamps look together and great colors! Funny...i've been searching for a lost paper pack and matching embellie too! Spent one full day to go through every box, but still didn't find them. So everyday I'm still on the lookout for them! ;)

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  7. wow, pretty card! glad you had fun making this card.

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  8. Beautiful card, Donna! I love the background and the effect of the 2-step stamping looks brilliant! I hope you find your stamp set soon. I've lost track of how many times I've misplaced stamps but they always turn up in the end.

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  9. THIS SET IS NEXT ON MY LIST...I HAVE TWO OF HER SETS AND LOVE THEM!! I DO USE STUDIO PAINTS AND DAUBERS ON THEM THOUGH....YOUR CARD IS JUST ADORABLE!! HUGS...MISS U.....

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  10. Oh....and Glad someone else besides me looses stamps!!!! Hope you find them....

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  11. Eh, you sure your DD didn't stash them somewhere? or maybe DH? :) Maybe they are secretly crafting. hee, hee! Luv your dress form and to use DI's . . . genius!

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  12. Great design, love the colors and your stitching. You rock on the distressing!

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  13. love the post... know the feeling about losing stamps... but love that you found and had fun with that set. What fun.

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  14. SWEET!!!!!!!I love how you used the form with distress inks!! Gorgeous dress! AND I love it when you/I just make the the card for fun--I did so just yesterday!! Pure joy and relaxation! I think you miss seeing this post about distress inks: http://virginialusblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/did-you-know.html

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  15. Such a great card Donna! I hope you can find the stamp set you were looking for.

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  16. I love this!!! I haven't used a foam stamp in ages!! I would love to try something like this. Just stamp, distress, stamp and have fun. Sigh, sounds like heaven. Hope ur havin' a great day Donna! Hugs,

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  17. So beautiful card! Hope you find your stamps :)

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  18. Awesome card, Donna! I love the offset look of those stamps, and your distressing is a joy to behold. :)

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  19. Oh, this card looks like fun, Donna! I'm glad you had fun with an older set. I need to do that! As for misplacing something, I made four cards the other day and I have no idea where I put them. If I can't find them in my condo, imagine when I move into my house! LOL

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  20. I absolutely lOVE dress forms! The distress colors you used are gorgeous!

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  21. WOW... love your amazing card, Donna! Glad you found the stamp sets, and had fun playing with them... so we can see your gorgeous work!

    I hope you will find the stamps you were looking for soon! Lots of hugs!

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  22. Wow Donna! Love the colors you picked to distress with. This card is gorgeous.

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  23. absolutely gorgeous, Donna! love love the colors you used and the detailed stamping is amazing! fabulous card, my friend! love love it!

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  24. Beautiful colors! Love when you layer your distressed inks together they always look so beautiful!

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